There are two surefire ways to learn how to make pasta: from your Italian nonna or from an accomplished pasta chef.
If you’re lacking the grandma option, chef Daniel Wolinsky is leading pasta-making classes at Cucina Sorella in Kensington on Saturday and Sept. 29.
Among Wolinsky’s pasta credentials include his time as chef de cuisine at New York’s Frankies 570 Spuntino and an internship/master class with Italy’s pasta master.
For two months, Wolinsky studied under chef Massimo Bottura, the chef whose three Michelin-star restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, recently took the No. 1 spot on the 2018 list of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.”
Wolinsky, the chef de cuisine at Cucina Enoteca in Del Mar, said the two most important things he learned from Bottura were:
- How to roll pasta by hand — fatto a mano — which, “is much easier said than done.”
- And how to think creatively about food. “It’s an understanding of the rules, and then breaking of them.”
The classes at Cucina Sorella are a homecoming of sorts for Wolinsky, who had worked there from its opening in 2016 until he moved to Del Mar’s Enoteca.
He said the classes last about two and half to three hours and includes a family-style lunch, a glass of wine and the instruction.
“It’s fully hands on, you make your own pasta,” Wolinsky said. “It’s not a come-and-watch demonstration. It’s more of a do it yourself class. … And anyone can come, from beginner to advanced.”
Students will take home what they made, along with a recipe. And possibly a yearning to have an Italian nonna.
Pasta classes with chef Daniel Wolinsky
When: Saturday: Ricotta Dough. Sept. 29: Pasta with Flavor. Both classes begin at noon.
Where: Cucina Sorella, 4055 Adams Ave., Kensington
Tickets: $68, plus service fee and tax
Phone: (619) 281-4014